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Pauline Hanson calls for Australians to boycott Chinese products this Christmas

Controversial One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has called for a buying boycott on Chinese products this Christmas.

Taking to Facebook on Friday, Hanson said consumers could fight back against “recent economic attacks against Australia” by not purchasing anything made in China.

Her remarks come after Beijing launched a series of tariffs against Australian products, including wine, barley, cotton, red meat, seafood, sugar, timber and coal exports.

Most recently it was announced that Australian wine headed for the Chinese market would face anti-dumping tariffs of up to 212 per cent.

As diplomatic tensions sour over Australia’s comments on the origins of coronavirus, its position on Hong Kong and the South China Sea, and its banning of Huawei from the 5G network, China has launched a series of trade strikes.

“In response to China’s recent economic attacks against Australia, I have just one thing to say – Merry Christmas China,” Hanson wrote on Facebook.

Hanson added the hashtags #BoycottChina and #MerryChristmasChina to her post.

Earlier on Facebook, Hanson claimed that China was using the COVID-induced recession to hurt Australia’s economy.

“It is obvious that China’s recent spate of economic attacks, timed to exploit the COVID-19 recession, are designed to inflict maximum damage,” she wrote.

“For decades I have warned that our nation’s overexposure to the whims of a hostile, authoritarian, communist Chinese Government was leaving us vulnerable to this exact type of danger.

Pauline Hanson has called on Australian to boycott products made in China this Christmas. Credit: Getty/AAP

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